Okay, you’re thinking about a vacation in Hawaii and considering all you’d like to do here before you finalize your plans. You’ve heard about most of the possibilities – the beaches, attractions, landmarks, great dining, entertainment, water sports, historical sites, natural wonders – and you hope to indulge in as many as you can.

But admit it: Don’t you kind of long to get off by yourself and be pampered in serenity and privacy, with everything focusing solely on your comfort and pleasure?

Hawaii has an abundance of spas in hotels and resorts and as free-standing oases. Most of them are truly wonderful; more than a dozen are rated among the world’s finest. Massage therapy is available at all of them. One of the most popular treatments is the lomilomi massage. It’s very spiritual, using long rhythmic strokes, and was an important aspect of ancient Hawaiian culture. A lot of the treatments feature local ingredients such as sugar, coffee, honey and macadamia nut oil.

There are skin-care therapies galore – deep-sea, lava stone, microdermabrasion crystals, skin-lightening – and even facials for men.

But the ultimate is an entire day of papering. A few larger resorts – notably Hilton Waikoloa Resort on the Big Island and the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui – offer utopian surroundings and all-day “spa journeys.” You bask and loll in luxury through it all. You can get massages in your room. If you’re a couple, you can get simultaneous treatments. You can experience a number of specialty baths: Japanese Furo, Roman Tub, sauna, steam room, cascading waterfall shower, and Swiss jet showers.

Sure, it’s expensive. Figure on an a-la-carte rate of $80 -$90 per hour for most treatments; less depending on the treatment and the length of your indulgence.

So go ahead. Pamper yourself on your Hawaii vacation. You’re sure to return home relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the grind.

If you’d like to discuss the spas and treatment packages available to you, pick an agent from the Hawaii-Aloha Web site (awaii-aloha.com), or call 1-800-843-8771.


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